The Liberal and Nationals Government is tackling union lawlessness and thuggery. We are taking action to make union bosses more transparent and accountable.

RESTORING THE BUILDING WATCHDOG

We have restored the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

This protects more than 1.1 million construction workers and around 380,000 small businesses from CFMMEU thuggery.

Restoring the ABCC has substantially reduced days lost to industrial action in the industry (by over 50% prior to the pandemic, and even more so since).

MORE ACCOUNTABILITY

We have introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission.

This protects two million workers belonging to a union or employer group, by requiring these groups to be as transparent and accountable as companies.

This regulator is shining a light and taking action against rorts and rip-offs that have undermined the confidence of honest workers.

ALLOWING UNIONS TO DE-MERGE

The Government has passed legislation that allows decent, hard-working parts of an amalgamated union or employer body that are dissatisfied with the state of their bigger organisation to de-merge.

This situation exists with the Mining and Energy Division of the CFMMEU, which no longer wants to be associated with the union’s lawless Construction Division.

BANNING SECRET PAYMENTS

In recent years, evidence has emerged of a raft of dodgy payments – some involving payments by employers to the AWU when Bill Shorten was its leader.

We have banned secret and corrupt payments between employers and unions.

PROTECTING OWNER-OPERATOR TRUCKIES

We took action to protect around 35,000 owner-operator truck drivers by abolishing the (so-called) Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, established by Bill Shorten, which was threatening to drive them out of business.

PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

We have changed the law to protect around 60,000 Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover.

PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS

We have also changed the law to protect vulnerable workers from unscrupulous employers by giving the regulator more powers.

Our new industrial relations legislation will introduce a new criminal penalty (with a four year jail term) for the very small number of employers who deliberately exploit workers.

Information current as at December 2020